The case concerns Gavin Grimm, a trans-male high school student who was told by the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia that he could not use the boys’ restroom.
The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals sided with Grimm on the grounds that Title IX, a federal law issued in 1972, protects students from discrimination based on sex.
The Gloucester County School Board appealed the case to the Supreme Court. In August, before the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, it voted to stay the lower court’s decision.
Mike Meno, spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said Grimm cannot use the boys’ restroom for the time being.
Maxine Eichner, a professor at the UNC School of Law, said holds are not issued with every case the Supreme Court hears.
“It does suggest, to some extent, that there are members of the Court who think they may reverse this decision,” she said.
Eichner said the issue the Court will be considering is the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX.
The Department of Education issued a statement of guidance to public schools in May concerning the rights of transgender students.